So, based upon reading here and getting a bunch of good advice, asking even more questions to too many people to keep track of I was finally determined to find a Proto CTX (I've got big feet).
Stopped back in to local shop last week..sale time...scored one for .....$349....!
Seriously, these guys always have a good stock of NS...it's all they carry.
I grabbed some to-be-unnamed bindings as well and imagine that, the owner took $50 off of them making them cheaper than the online stores.
Nice, locally-owned place, so go and support your local shop!!
So now, the wait begins, which is good cause my dislocated elbow and torn stuff should be healed enough by then.
Seriously, thanks everyone for sharing your reviews, comments and experiences here.